The interplay of science and ethics: the case of eugenics

by Massimo Pigliucci It is a rare case where I find myself sympathetic to quotes from both Steven Pinker and a Pope. And yet, reading and thinking about eugenics can cause this sort of strange happening, and more. Here is Pinker, from an interview with Steve Sailer [1] about The Blank Slate, criticizing what he … Continue reading The interplay of science and ethics: the case of eugenics

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Information is the new Aristotelianism (and Dawkins is a hylomorphist)

by John Wilkins “In seeking tales and informations.” [Henry VIII, Act V, scene 3] For some time now [1] I have had problems with the notion of information. Not, please note, with this or that piece of information, but with the notion itself, especially in the natural sciences. In this age of computers and internets, we … Continue reading Information is the new Aristotelianism (and Dawkins is a hylomorphist)